Just a quick drive from Fredericksburg, Lake Anna makes for the perfect weekend getaway. You’ll have no problem finding a private location for your beach chair on the 10-mile beachfront. With over 13,000 acres of water and numerous calm coves and inlets, taking to the water by boat, waterski, or Jet Ski is a great way to explore.
Despite the name, the park is not exclusively water oriented. There are 11 bicycle and horse trails meandering 15 miles through the 2,800 acre park, so it is easy to spend your day exercising immersed in the beauty of the hardwood and pine trees. If you feel like “roughing it” on your weekend getaway, you’ll feel right at home at one of the cabins, lodges, or any of the available campsites.
Lake Anna is not only a weekend destination. There are plenty of activities and organizations for its residents as well. Whether you’re looking for something recreational, historical, cultural, or you’re into jumping out of airplanes and are looking for a group to go with, Lake Anna is for you.
History of the Lake:
Lake Anna is more of a reservoir than it is a lake. In 1968, Dominion Power (then Virginia Electric and Power Company) purchased the land and built a dam on the North Anna and Pamunkey Rivers. The purpose of the dam was to provide clean, fresh water to the nuclear power plants on site.
By 1972 the lake had been cleared of timber and debris and was ready to be filled. Original projections showed that it would take roughly three years to fill the lake. Heavy rains from the worst storm to hit the United States at that time, Hurricane Agnes, aided in filling the lake within 18 months.
It didn’t take long for communities to sprout up along the water’s edge. Now 120 different communities call Lake Anna home.